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Topless Prophet - Alan Markovitz


Book Description:
The True Story of America’s Most Successful Gentlemen’s Club Entrepreneur offers a rare glimpse into the world of gentlemen’s clubs, taking us behind the scenes of the operations of one of the nation’s most successful club owners. Where other books provide insight on the scandalous side of strippers, escorts, and x-rated entertainment, Topless Prophet is as much a business book and autobiography of an ingenious entrepreneur as it is an exploration of what goes into staying on top of an industry filled with cut-throat competition, corruption, celebrities, and beautiful women who make a living dancing.
In this moving memoir of Alan Markovitz, who owns several Penthouse Gentlemen’s Clubs and the country’s No. 1 ranked adult entertainment club (The Ultimate Strip Club List (www.tuscl.net), The Flight Club, we are treated to a first-hand account of a Detroit businessman who has helped change and grow an industry while overcoming many challenges, some life-threatening, some business-endangering. He has spent nearly the past three decades reformulating the ultimate fantasy setting for men.
“The business of entertainment has a lot of glamour and glitz – and beautiful women for sure -- but it’s filled with many forces that can challenge and chew you up in no time,” says Markovitz. “The key is to think ahead, exceed expectations, be ready for a fight, and be wise enough to know when to walk away.”
Markovitz’s story begins with humble roots growing up in the Jewish middle class neighborhood of Oak Park, Michigan, the son of a television repair shop owner. We come to learn of the vision, grit and gumption that he possesses – and is very much needed – to succeed in business.



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My Take on the Book:
I wasn't sure I was going to appreciate this book, due to the nature, but I was fascinated by it! I was intrigued by Alan's story. I mean the guy was shot twice before I got through the first 50 pages, it doesn't get any more closer to the edge of your seat than that.
I found myself appreciating this man, for his business ethics and backbone. It's hard to stay straight and narrow and not wander to the dark side of life, like so many before him in that business. How can you not appreciate someone's thirst for business, whatever it is selling, when they make themselves better every time around. It seems that every new endeavor Alan took on, became better than last. More profitable and frankly, leading him in the right path for success on his own.
I starting enjoying the topless bar part of the story also. I started to wonder about the women who are strong enough to live that life, and work that job. It would have to take a certain girl to do it. Not just because she is big-breasted, but maybe she has guts beyond comprehension. Maybe she, too, has a thirst for business, and is working her way up.
I'm glad to have read this book, and will ponder it for some time. If you enjoy reading true life stories, then grab this book. It is one you won't soon forget!

~I received a copy from Pump Up Your Book Promotion for review. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

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